Dish TV India launches a range of smart devices, an internet-enabled Android-based HD Set Top Box and Voice-enabled Alexa Built-in smart kit.
Eliminating the hassle of switching between linear TV and OTT apps, the latest offerings from Dish TV India effectively aim to combine the two through a single entertainment device. This new technologically advanced offering – an internet-enabled Android-based HD Set Top Box ‘Dish SMRT Hub’.
Dish SMRT Hub is an Android HD set-top box that runs on the Android TV operating system by Google. The devices are using Android TV™ 9.0 and it will also offer access to the Google Play Store and Google Assistant allowing the users to download and stream content from all popular OTT platforms. The new offerings from Dish TV India will support all popular OTT platforms like Watcho, Amazon Prime Video, Zee5, Voot, ALTBalaji and YouTube, etc.
With built-in Google Assistant & Chromecast and superior Dolby audio, the Android HD set-top box, a user can stream content from any device directly to the TV screen. Users can also download apps and play games right on their TV without needing an additional gaming console.
The Dish SMRT Hub further allows users to operate and control the device using voice commands. Available with native support for video content OTT platforms, the integrated Google assistant converts this box into a smart home hub, enabling the users to control their smart homes with a single remote.
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The Android-based set-top box will work on any television and support OTT platforms Watcho, ZEE5, Amazon Prime Video, Voot, ALTBalaji, YouTube and more.
Dish SMRT Kit – the voice-enabled kit with a dongle and remote powered by Amazon Alexa is also available for existing DishTV subscribers. This allows subscribers to access popular OTT Apps and thousands of Alexa skills on their existing set-top boxes.
The Dish SMRT Kit with Alexa-powered remote control will help users seamlessly bridge the gap between real-time TV content and the best of engaging content available online. The Dish SMRT Kit comprising Wi-Fi dongle, a Bluetooth and Alexa-enabled remote control, provides access to numerous of Alexa skills.
Once set up, customers can simply say – ‘Alexa, tell me the news’, ‘Alexa, what’s the cricket score?’ OR ‘Alexa, play the latest Bollywood songs’, to enjoy a voice-controlled experience.
Commenting on the launch of these new products, Anil Dua, Executive Director & Group CEO, Dish TV India Limited, said, “We are delighted to launch the most advanced Android-powered Set-Top Box and the Alexa Built-in smart kit for DishTV customers and this is a significant milestone for Dish TV India. The Dish SMRT Hub is a customized device that allows users to have uninterrupted video streaming and access to TV content. It is capable of delivering superior viewing experience owing to its immersive features like in-built Google Assistant, Chromecast and myriad other smart features. The Dish SMRT Kit is a big add-on to our current STB’s and with this, our customers can enjoy the ease of using voice commands for accessing information through Alexa for all their needs. With these launches, DishTV is making a strong statement of providing best-in-class technology and experience to its customers.”
Recently, Dish TV India Limited had also introduced SMRT Stick, allowing users to stream content from OTT services through Dish TV set-top box. Additionally, focusing on premium short format content, the company forayed into OTT space earlier this year by launching its own OTT platform, ‘Watcho’. With this DishTV takes another step towards providing entertainment across linear and online sources on any screen for customers across all segments.